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 “Unsolved Mysteries”



(Creation, Incarnation,  and Transformation)


GENESIS 1:1


JOHN 1:14       


l CORINTHIANS 15:51


 


“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,”


“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory”


“Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”.


 


There was a very popular television program entitled “Unsolved Mysteries”; a veteran actor narrates this program by the name of Robert Stack who gained fame playing the role of Elliot Ness, the fearless FBI crime-fighter in a series of films called “The Untouchables”.


 


In that program, “Unsolved Mysteries,” we saw that many of the most notorious crimes ever committed have not been solved.


 


In many of the most gruesome murders ever committed, the murderers have never been caught and brought to justice. You’ve seen the show.  There are many notorious cases still on the books at various police stations throughout this nation, and they are labeled as “Unsolved Mysteries”. Many people watch these shows religiously, and they have helped solve some of the mysteries.  Still, there are many they still classify as “Unsolved Mysteries.”


Well, if you are really interested in probing into the realm of the unknown; if you have a thirst for information that has not yet been revealed; if your mental taste buds are yearning for that knowledge which has not been made available, I want to suggest a Book for you to read this year; it tops the list of Bestsellers every year. It is called The Holy Bible. If you really want to get deeply involved in the intrigue, and you are spellbound by the mysterious, I highly recommend that you read your Bible.


In the Bible, you’ll read about a man named Moses who led a band of freed slaves across the Red Sea, walking on dry ground.  It’s a mystery to me!



You will read about a man named Joshua who led a group around a wall in Jericho that was impenetrable.  All they did was walk around that wall seven times; on the seventh time, they sounded their horns; and the walls came tumbling down.  That’s a mystery to me!


          In the same book, you will read about a prophet named Elijah, who never was given a funeral, because his body was carried into the sky in a chariot.  That’s a mystery to me!


But, that’s nothing.  In this book you will read about a man named Enoch who just evaporated. Somebody said that one day, there he was; at the next moment, he just vanished. He did not experience death.  That’s a mystery to me!


The Book tells about a man named Jesus, who one day spoke to the wind and the high waters that were threatening the lives of the disciples.  He just spoke, “Peace, be still!”  The winds and the waves obeyed his voice.  That’s a mystery to me!


Let me say a bit more about three of the wonderful mysteries you will find in the Scriptures. 


The Bible opens with an Unsolved Mystery: the mystery of creation. It merely states. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” When you step outside of this sanctuary, look up and down and all around, and as far as you can see in every direction, you’re still seeing only a fragment of what God accomplished on the Day of Creation.


If you get on-board a spaceship and travel so far that the most modern and sophisticated radar units can no longer track your whereabouts, you will not have scratched the surface of what God accomplished on the Day of Creation.


It may seem like an over-simplification, but the writer of the Book of Genesis sums it up in ten words: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” 


In other words, in the beginning, whenever that was, the self-existing, self-sustaining, all-powerful and all-knowing God, stood on what was nothing and said, “Let there be…”, and just like that, the very moment He said it, and nothing became something; that space which had been nowhere became somewhere; that which had been absent became present; that which had been non-existent came into existence.


Now, that’s a mystery!


Every time we think of making anything, our finite minds must have something to start with! Think about it!


Anytime we create is made from something already created. We make buildings from bricks; we make bread from flour, we make ice from water, we make coats from wool.

To entertain the idea of making something out of nothing is completely


moment He said it, and nothing became something; that space which had been nowhere became somewhere; that which had been absent became present; that which had been non-existent came into existence.


Now, that’s a mystery!


Every time we think of making anything, our finite minds must have something to start with! Think about it!


Anytime we create is made from something already created. We make buildings from bricks; we make bread from flour, we make ice from water, we make coats from wool.


To entertain the idea of making something out of nothing is completely beyond the realm of human comprehension.


But God, on the Day of Creation, stood out in the middle of nowhere and said, “Let there be…”, and before He could close His mouth, the whole universe came into being. Now that’s a mystery, if ever I heard one!


I realize that there are those atheistic-minded philosophers who have attempted to explain the creation of the universe in scientific terms. Some of them have advanced the “Big Bang” theory for your consideration. They say that before the universe came into existence, the atmosphere was filled with various gases, and at a certain point, the gases converged, resulting in a “big bang” not unlike an explosion that created the planet Earth, the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.


As a Minister of the Gospel, of course, I have a problem with that theory. It leaves out the most important factor in the story of earth’s creation. If the world came into existence by an explosion which sounded like a Big Bang, all I’m saying is that, in the beginning, GOD said “Bang, Bang”, and the universe came into being!


So, the creation of the world is an Unsolved Mystery. God did not give us all the details, but He inspired the writer of the Book of Genesis to say enough to let us know that He is that great Source and that great Power behind all creation.


And then, when I take a closer look at the details of God’s creation, I see many Unsolved Mysteries.


A songwriter put it this way:  Who made the mountains?, Who made the trees?, Who made the rivers, flow to the seas?  And, who hung the moon, in the starry sky?

I have no explanation for the existence of the majestic mountains, the green valleys, the wide expanse of oceans, and the vast acreage of vegetation.

And since the writer realized that he didn’t have the answer, he simply concluded the song with, “Somebody bigger than you and I.” Yes, the work of creation is indeed an Unsolved Mystery.

Secondly, then, if you think the creation of the universe is an Unsolved Mystery, then take a look at the creation of man.

Who can fathom the depths of God’s infinite mind when He decided to create a human being?

What do you suppose was going on in the precious mind of God when He decided to make a being who could talk, as well as talk back: who could see as well as close his eyes to that which he did not want to see: who could hear as well as close his ears to that which he did not want to hear:

who could say yes and who could say no: who could cooperate with His program or who could rebel against God’s program if he chose to do so: who could love but could also hate: who could learn and be smart but who could also refuse to learn and be ignorant?

What do you suppose was going on in the Divine mind of God when He conceived the idea of creating a Being who would be able to harness and control beasts ten times his size and yet not be able to bridle his own tongue.

God had no trouble with the sun, moon and stars obeying His orders and carrying out His commands. They haven’t missed a day or a night showing up for work. They render unselfish service to all the rest of God’s creatures. The sun, moon and stars give light to the just as well as the unjust.

But this frail, fragile, weak, sickly creature called man will turn a deaf ear to the voice of God; He’ll show up if he feels like it and he’ll sit down on you if you make him


angry. So, to me, the fact that God created man in the first place is an Unsolved Mystery.


 


And then, when you think of the substance from which we are made, that’s the real mystery. Whenever we are tempted to go on an ego trip, take a moment to reflect on the substance from which we are made.


We are formed from the dust of the earth; we’re not even made from whole dirt, just microscopic particles of dirt, scattered fragments that were scooped up by the hand of the Almighty and shaped in His image. If He hadn’t breathed the breath of life into us at that moment, we’d still be just a pile of dust.


 


Can you imagine a pile of dust refusing to obey God’s orders? And you know, no matter how high we might rise, intellectually, economically and socially, we cannot escape the fact that we came from the dust of the earth, and when we die, our bodies will become dust once again.


So, in the event you’re planning to go on an ego trip, don’t forget that when you arrive at your destination, you will just be a pile of dust that has arrived.


I may be a minister, and you might put a Reverend as a title after my name, but I’ll still just be Rev. Dust.


I can cover myself with silk, satin, velvet, suede, mink and mohair, but I’ll still be no more than a dressed up pile of dust.


I can drive a luxurious limousine and wear an assortment of diamond rings, and I’ll just be an affluent pile of dust.


That’s where we came from and that’s where we’re going to end up.


But the fact that God breathed into this pile of dust and gave it life, THAT’S the real Unsolved Mystery.


But, let’s not park there.  Let’s examine another mystery. the mystery of Incarnation. John 1: 14 says, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”


Now, if you want to talk about an Unsolved Mystery, the human mind is entirely incapab1e of comprehending all the ramifications of God becoming a man.


 

Oh, we know why He chose to become a Man. We are fully aware of the motivating force behind His actions. His rationale is clearly stated in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”

 So, Love was the root cause of His coming down to earth. And even though we can never fully explain the extent of God’s love, we must know that it was because of His love that He chose to take on human flesh and become a man.

The love of God is an Unsolved Mystery within itself.

How could a holy and righteous God fall in love with a sinful and rebellious creature like man?

How could a clean, pure and immaculate Deity participate in a Love Affair with someone who is stained, blemished and soiled and who has been referred to as filthy rags?

How could the Almighty God, who is the epitome of all that is good, worthy and noble, become intimately involved with a stubborn, disobedient, back-talking pile of dust? That’s an Unsolved Mystery!

Yet, with all of the mysteries surrounding it, we know that God does love us. He loves us not because of who we are and what we are, but He loves us in spite of who we are and what we are. He loved us so much that He desired to be with us and put His love into action.

He capsulated His omnipresence: He condensed His majesty: He compacted His unlimited essence into the size of a microscopic sperm: He allowed the Holy Ghost to carry Him down to earth and place Him in the womb of a righteous virgin named Mary:

He rode the train of nature for nine months and then on a cold morning which we now refer to as Christmas, He was born in a stable and laid in a manger in Bethlehem. And even though He was just a baby, He was still God, in human flesh.

And when He walked among men, He was God walking in the midst of sin, but untouched by sin.



I confess that I don’t understand it. But God does not require my understanding of His omniscience. He just told me to believe it, confess it, and be saved because of it.


Throughout the earthly life of Jesus Christ, God gave evidence and infallible proof that He was both God and man. He expressed His humanity when He asked the woman at the well in Samaria to give him a drink of water, but He expressed His Divinity by looking into her past and revealing her sin nature.


Jesus showed that He was human when He fell asleep in the bottom of a ship on the Sea of Galilee, but He showed His Divinity when He walked up on the deck of that ship and rebuked the wind with “Peace, be still!”


Jesus showed His humanity when He wept at the grave of Lazarus, but He expressed His Divinity when He cried with a loud voice and said, “Lazarus, come forth”.


Jesus showed He was human one Friday out on Calvary’s hill, but He demonstrated His Divinity with an empty grave on Sunday morning.


Yes, God Himself became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. That is truly an Unsolved Mystery!


The Unsolved Mystery of Creation and the Unsolved Mystery of Incarnation are only part of the picture. There’s a third one --- the  Unsolved Mystery of Transfiguration.


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Paul, in his dissertation to the Corinthians, explains this phenomenon called Transfiguration by starting out with, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.”


He further explains that our earthly bodies cannot withstand the Heavenly climate. Our ordinary bodies cannot withstand the pure and undefiled air of Paradise!

Just as a pair of dirty overalls and some muddy loafers would be unacceptable at the Waldorf Astoria, these mortal bodies of ours



would be out of place on the golden streets of the New Jerusalem.


These bodies of ours are susceptible to every imaginable disease; they are temporary dwelling places designed to house our souls for three score and ten years, or whatever length of time we are granted by God to use them.


But they are not designed to inhabit our eternal dwelling place. So, Paul says, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.”


Now that’s mind-boggling! Imagine the instantaneous change that will take place when Christ returns for His church. He will handpick the faithful Saints, from the field and the grave, to be caught up with Him in the air!


No mention is made of travel arrangements for the unsaved. They will be eternally separated from God. But those who are saved will experience an instant Transformation.


The change will occur so swiftly that we won’t have time to say goodbye. One moment we will be going about our daily chores, and the next we’ll be standing in His glorious presence!


One second we’ll have canes and crutches, diseases and handicaps, and the next moment, we’ll inhabit our new resurrected bodies.


We’ll wear the robes of royalty


Walk before Him in holiness,


And, lift our voices in praise to His holy name!


All the mysteries of life will be Unsolved Mysteries no more! And we’ll dwell in the House of the Lord, forever!


Let me close by encouraging us to move forward with faith into this new year.  This is the first day of a new beginning.  I don’t have all the answers as to how we are going to make it in 2012.  But, I trust in God.


Paul said in I Corinthians 13: “Now, we see through a glass dimly, but then face to face.  Now we know only in part; then, we will know fully, even as we have been fully known.”  But, until then, these are unsolved mysteries.


 


 

 “I Second the Motion”

 

Isaiah 6:8

 

 

 

Many of you are members of organizations which use Robert’s Rules of Order, or another manual, that deals with parliamentary procedure.  You know that the proper way to give official sanction to an idea is to stand and make a motion that your idea be put into action. After making the motion, you wait for someone to second the motion.

If this is done, your motion is put on the “Floor,” and if the “Body” expresses its desire to deal with it, it is put to a vote.

This is the way things get done in most organizations. This is the way ideas become laws. This is the way various projects get “off the ground” and become “Brick and Mortar.”

 

First, there is a motion; but before the motion can become a movement, a program or a project, somebody must say, “I second the motion”.

Long before Robert’s Rules of Order existed, God was establishing worthy programs. He was orchestrating great movements, and He was initiating great projects. And although God is not limited in His ability to get worthy projects off the ground, He enjoys human participation.

God delights in making motions and allowing us, His chosen servants, to put a second to the motion and subsequently carry it out.

Now, as you know, God can accomplish His Divine will and achieve His Eternal purposes by merely opening His mouth and saying, “Let there be.” But, He prefers to use men and women in His service.

Now, before God created Adam and Eve, He didn’t make any motions, and consequently, He didn’t have to wait for any seconds.  He just said it, and it came a reality.

But after God created Adam and Eve, and after He equipped them with free will, He decided to use a certain type of Parliamentary Procedure to get things done.

 God decided to allow His human creations to have a hand in running His business. He decided that, when He wanted to launch a great movement, He would make a motion by calling and assigning them to do it.

And, if they obeyed, that would be tantamount to saying, “I Second The Motion.”

You see, when God makes a Motion by assigning one of His servants to perform some worthy deed, He has already handpicked the person.

For instance, there was the case of Moses. When God spoke to him out of a burning bush and gave him his assignment, He was making a motion.

He was saying, in essence, “Moses, I move that you become Chairman of the Liberation Movement, and that you will go way down in Egypt Land and tell old Pharaoh to let My people go.”

Moses tried to get out of obeying God’s motion by offering a series of excuses or stalls (in parliamentary language, they are called debates, arguing the question, or a filibuster, introducing irrelevant issues); but when God convinced Him that he was the man for the job, Moses accepted his assignment.

When he walked into Pharaoh’s palace and said, “The Great I Am says, Let My People Go, he was really saying, “Lord, I Second The Motion.”

Now, of course, in parliamentary rules, if you want to delay a vote on the proposed motion, when the question is asked, “Are you ready to vote?” you can say “Not Ready.”  We all know how Pharaoh caught the question and said, “Not Ready!”

But we also know how God dealt with Pharoah’s “unreadiness.”  He had a Red Sea waiting to wipe out Pharaoh’s entire army.

Pharaoh learned the hard way that when God has a motion on the floor and one of His servants has put a “second” to it, it is awfully dangerous to catch the question and say, “Not Ready.”

You need to remember now that motions can be lost if there is not a “second” to the motion.  As I think about God making motions and assigning His servants to do certain jobs, I’m reminded of just how many of God’s motions have been lost for “want of a second.”  

Every Christian is assigned by God to win other souls and bring them to Christ. God is constantly saying to His servants, “I make a motion that you go and witness to some lost soul.  Just tell somebody you know who doesn’t come to church with you that God is good all the time.”

God hopes that we will say, “I Second The Motion”, and He hopes that we will go and do some evangelistic work.

But when we refuse to go, God’s motion is lost for “want of a second.”

Every member of the local church is called upon from time to time to perform some task, serve on some committee, assume some responsibility or appear on some program.

When you are called upon to perform your Christian duty and promote the program of the Church, God is saying, “I make a motion that you go into my vineyard and work.” God needs you to say, “I Second the Motion.” 

If your schedule is crowded with secular activities and you cannot find time for the church’s program, God’s Motion is lost for “want of a second.”

Help me, somebody!

In our text, we find a servant of God by the name of Isaiah hearing a motion by God (“Whom shall I send?”) and then putting a second to it by saying, “Here Am I; send me.”

When Isaiah went into the Temple for what he thought would be a routine worship experience, something happened to him.  Am I right about it?

He saw something; he felt something; he heard something; and, he said something -- which completely changed his life. When he entered the Temple, he was depressed because of the death of King Uzziah; but when he came out, he was a fire burning within.

In short, he was on fire for God. He had a new image of himself. He had an increased esteem for God and a decreased assessment of his own importance. He felt a new sense of concern for God’s people and a new sense of urgency to minister to the needs of God’s people.

His going into the Temple on that particular day was not accidental; on the contrary, it was Divine Providence.

          Mt. Tabor, don’t ever make the mistake of calling what God does in your life an accident?  You may not understand it; you may not even believe it’s happening; but, when God is in your life, God is working our a purpose using everything in your life.

          Even if you don’t understand it now, say “thank you, Jesus” anyhow.  You’ll understand it better after a while.

          When everybody else can only see the problem, you need to know that that little problem you have is permitted by God so He can show up and show out in your life.

          Help me, Lord Jesus, to preach your word!

God has a way of allowing our circumstances to lead us where we can hear His voice loudly and clearly. Anybody here know what I’m talking about?

God had been making motions to Isaiah down through the years, but Isaiah had been so overwhelmed with King Uzziah, that he failed to hear God’s motion.

But when King Uzziah passed from the scene, when subsequently Isaiah’s sorrow and depression drove him into the temple, God made His motion one more time, and Isaiah heard it.

God said, in essence, “Isaiah, the fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few, and I make a motion that you will go and bring in the harvest.”

Or, maybe God said, “Mt. Tabor member, it’s another year now.  What happened in 2011 is behind us.  Can’t we start out new in 2012? 

“I make a motion that you work on the committee.  I make a motion that you sing in the choir.  I make a motion that you get your hands dirty serving the Lord at Mt. Tabor.”

Isaiah, upon hearing God’s motion, responded by saying, in essence, “I second the motion; Here am I, send me.”

Let’s listen to Isaiah as he describes this life-changing experience: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting high upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the Temple.

“Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory. And the post of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”

What a picturesque, verbal description of a heavenly scene! What a graphic revelation of what goes on around God’s throne.

There is a perpetual, around-the-clock celebration going on in that City called Heaven.   Sometimes, I feel like I can’t wait to get there!

Isaiah dated this experience as being in the same year that King Uzziah died.

The fact that God was seated upon His throne sends a message that He had everything under control. God was not pacing up and down the walkway, wringing His hands and worrying whether or not there would ever be peace in the Middle East.

He must have felt alright about the veiled threat from North Korea that they might launch a nuclear war with us.

He gave the idea that He already had the answer to the question about the economy which the Congress can’t fix. 

Isaiah said, God just sat there on His throne and listened to the spirited songs of praise being sung by the angelic choir.

And oh, what a choir and what a rendition they gave.  The sopranos, altos and tenors sang “Holy”, the basses said, “Is the Lord God of Hosts, “ and then all of these six-winged vocalists joined together in four-part harmony and sang, “The whole earth is full of His glory. “

Isaiah went on to say that the building itself got into the act of praise. He noticed that every time the angels would say “Holy”, the doorposts would do a Holy dance.

As they continued with this worship, Isaiah observed that the house was filled with smoke. And I don’t have to tell you that where there is Holy Ghost Smoke, there must be some Holy Ghost Fire.

What a revelation! What a demonstration! Isaiah had been privileged to look at God, in all of His heavenly splendor.

Now, don’t miss this point! God allowed Isaiah to see all of this before He made His motion.  While Isaiah was having his own little praise party going on, shouting about what he had seen, he happened to look down upon himself.

I don’t have to tell you that he didn’t like what he saw. Can you imagine the emotional letdown of seeing yourself just after you have looked at God?

When Isaiah saw himself after he had just had a vision of God, he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone.” In other words, “Shame, Shame, Shame on me; I am unclean –Shame on me, I am unworthy – Shame on me, I am all messed up.”

Well, at this point in Isaiah’s vision, God allowed one of the angel attendants at the throne, to take a live coal from the altar and place it upon his lips. 

When the live coal touched his mouth, the angel said, “Lo, this hath touched thy lips: and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purge.” In other words, “You’re clean now... You can hold your head up...God has taken your sins away and prepared you for service in His vineyard. “

Now that the time was ripe and everything was ready, God made His Motion.

I hear Him say, “Isaiah, as I look out upon the field of humanity, I see that there is much work to be done. Men and women, boys and girls, are dying in their sins; and I need somebody to go to them and tell them to turn from their wicked ways.

I need somebody to tell them that they have a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain.

So Isaiah, tell Me, whom shall I send? Tell Me, Isaiah, who will go? Isaiah, I move that somebody will go.”

 

Before God could complete His motion, Isaiah stood up and said, “Lord, I Second that motion. I’ll go.

“I may be unworthy but I’ll go. I may be limited in knowledge, but I’ll go.

“I may be short on skills, but I’ll go.

“I may not be the most qualified, but I’ll go. Yes, Lord, I second the motion. Here am I, O Lord send me.”

God has been making motions down through the years, and His servants have been responding by saying, “I Second The Motion.”

Way back during the Patriarchal Age when God decided to destroy the world by water, He made a motion to Noah and told him to build an Ark so he and his family could be saved.

When Noah obeyed God, gathered some gopher wood and began to pitch it with tar, this was his way of saying, Lord, I Second the motion.

When God got ready to introduce the concept of Social Justice to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, He made a Motion to the prophet Amos.

He told him to leave his sheep, to leave his sycamore trees of Tekoa, and go up to Bethel and proclaim what “thus saith the Lord.”

Well, when Amos left Tekoa and went up to Bethel, he stood in front of City Hall and declared, “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion”. What he was really saying was, “Lord, I Second ‘The Motion.”

When God got ready for a showdown with King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, He made a Motion to the prophet, Elijah.

He told Elijah to go down to the King’s Palace and give an extended Weather Forecast.

 When Elijah obeyed God, he walked into the parlor and spoke to Ahab and Jezebel, and he said to them, “Your Highness and Your Highness, it ain’t gonna rain no more until I say so”. That was his way of saying, “Lord, I second the motion.”

On and on, the Bible records instances where one of His servants seconded the motion by carrying out His orders.

I want to say to Mt. Tabor today, that I think God wants us, each one of us, to take on just a little more this year than we’ve ever done before. 

Just imagine it.  If every member would serve God about 10% more in 2012 than you did in 2011, our church would be that much more on fire for the Lord.

All it takes is for each of us to stand up  and second his motion.  In seconding the motion, we will be saying, “God, you can count on me.”

But God made His greatest motion one day when He and His Son, Jesus, were sitting in the balcony of Heaven looking down upon this sin-cursed world.

They took into account just what a mess mankind had made of God’s beautiful and wonderful world.  They observed just how Sin had caused society to deteriorate and become corrupt to the very core. They saw that man was on the verge of self-destruction.

That’s when God made a motion.

He said to His Son, Jesus, “I make this motion: that somebody go down upon to Earth and save man from his sins.”

Jesus seconded the motion, in essence, when he said: “If you prepare me a body, I’ll go down and save man from his sins.”

And of course, God did just that! Yes, nine months later, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that was His way of saying “I second the motion”.

And that wasn’t the only second to the motion.

When the Wise Men came from the east and brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the Christ child, they were saying, “We second the motion”.

When the angelic choir sang to the Glory of God, they were saying, “We second the Motion!”

And after 33, Jesus was confronted by some professional question catchers, who spoke up and said, “Not Ready!” The Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Scribes, the Chief Priests, and the Elders, all joined together and said, “Not Ready”.

They acted on their own unreadiness by bringing Jesus to trial and convicting Him, sentencing Him to crucifixion on the Cross. You see, they thought they could keep God’s motion from being carried out.

But Sunday morning came.  And, on Sunday morning, God made another Motion!

He said to the angel, “Go down to that tomb and roll the stone away.” And the angel said, “I second that motion!”

When Jesus got up from the grave, Death looked at Him and said, “Not Ready”. But Jesus said to him, “I won’t recognize you.  You can’t have the floor.  You no longer have any authority in this place to speak; you have lost your ability to administer a sting! O death, where is your sting!” 

And as Jesus took another step, Mr. Grave called out to him and said, “Not Ready”, but Jesus answered him and said, “I won’t recognize you.  You can’t have the floor.  You no longer have any authority in this place to speak.  You don’t have any power to keep me; you have lost your chance for victory; O Grave, where is your victory?”

Jesus turned around and looked to see if there were any more challengers.  Nobody spoke, so Jesus said, “All Power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth.”

The motion has been carried! The only vote needed has been cast. Victory in Jesus!